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November 2014


From Schneier on Security

"Cooperating with the Future"

"Cooperating with the Future"

This is an interesting paper -- the full version is behind a paywall -- about how we as humans can motivate people to cooperate with future generations. Abstract: Overexploitation of renewable resources today has a high cost


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shopping with Large Scale Touch Screens

Shopping with Large Scale Touch Screens

E-Bay and so called 'Magic Mirror' systems in retail.  We tested the idea extensively.  Technology has continued to improve.  See the tag shelf virtualization for related technology and applications, for both in store sales and


From Putting People First

Why the world needs anthropologists – an update

Why the world needs anthropologists – an update

Why the world needs anthropologists – Coming out of the ivory tower Location: Padua, Italy, Centro Culturale Altinate/San Gaetano Date and time: Friday, 5 December 2014, 13:00 – 18:00 Padua, Italy, 5 December 2014 – The second


From Putting People First

Deep dive into drinking occasions

Deep dive into drinking occasions

Five years into his role as head of strategic insights at Heineken UK, Mick Doran believes that the brewing industry is learning valuable lessons from other FMCG sectors in becoming more consumer inspired and brand led. “Since


From Putting People First

Are we viewing consumers as humans?

Are we viewing consumers as humans?

Underneath all the shopping, online searching, and purchasing is a human being who takes a particular action for very personal reasons, writes Jure Klepic in The Huffington Post. Those reasons maybe based on a response to advertising


From Putting People First

Intel, Tony Salvador, and design anthropology

Intel, Tony Salvador, and design anthropology

Why would Intel need to conduct a tremendous amount of ethnographic research if all they are manufacturing are microchips? This short essay by Ioanis Hristodoulou eexamines Intel’s role in design anthropology on a worldwide context


From BLOG@CACM

Envisioning Your Ideal Live-In Robot @Miraikan

Envisioning Your Ideal Live-In Robot @Miraikan

Miraikan in Tokyo showcases Japanese technologies and challenges visitors to think how humans can improve their quality of life while mitigating risks.


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Cornell CS at 50

Plus a long-promised discussion on diagonalization TRUST security source Dexter Kozen has been on the faculty of computer science at Cornell for almost 30 of the department’s 50 years. He first came to Cornell 40 years ago as


From Schneier on Security

New Snowden Documents Show GCHQ Paying Cable & Wireless for Access

New Snowden Documents Show GCHQ Paying Cable & Wireless for Access

A new story based on the Snowden documents and published in the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung shows how the GCHQ worked with Cable & Wireless -- acquired by Vodafone in 2012 -- to eavesdrop on Internet and telecommunications


From The Eponymous Pickle

Causality for Policy Assessment and Impact Analysis

Causality for Policy Assessment and Impact Analysis

From BayesiaLab.     Nicely done live recorded lecture.  To get the full extensive tutorial you need to register.  The video is open without registration.New Video Lecture: Causality for Policy Assessment and Impact AnalysisPresenters


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seeking More Humane Computing

Seeking More Humane Computing

IBM’s Brad Becker, chief design officer for Watson on the ‘More Humane’ Promise of Cognitive Computing, in a very thought provoking interview with Knowledge@Wharton. We always thought of cognitive systems as specialized, engineering


From The Eponymous Pickle

API Innovation from McCormick

API Innovation from McCormick

More innovation from the spice giant.   " ... the company introduced FlavorPrint, a service that allows customers to create a personal profile and enter information on a Website and receive relevant ideas and recipes throughMore


From The Eponymous Pickle

Preparation for Cloudification

Preparation for Cloudification

Good short piece on the topic by Pearl Zhu.Cloudification is a journey to reinvent IT via modernization, classification, integration and optimization. ... More and more organizations are pushing their cloud envelop and migrate


From The Eponymous Pickle

Viable Synergy

Viable Synergy

Brought to my attention via Founder and CEO: Sunnie Southern" .. Viable Synergy is a product and services innovation firm. We help individuals, organizations and communities turn ideas into viable products and services from concept


From Schneier on Security

FBI Agents Pose as Repairmen to Bypass Warrant Process

FBI Agents Pose as Repairmen to Bypass Warrant Process

This is a creepy story. The FBI wanted access to a hotel guest's room without a warrant. So agents broke his Internet connection, and then posed as Internet technicians to gain access to his hotel room without a warrant. From


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unexpected Delight in Service Design

Unexpected Delight in Service Design

Upcoming TalkThe OBAIS Department at the Lindner College of Business, University of Cincinnati, invites you to attend the following research seminar.DATE & TIME: Friday, December 5, 2014, 1:30 PM  LOCATION: UC Carl H. Lindner


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Door Lock

Smart Door Lock

A capability always mentioned in our brainstorms for considering the Smart Home.  The Smart Door Lock.  The Verge looks at Smart Lock.  Which includes one time use smartphone 'keys' to give to friends and family.  Is this a place


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wired on the Future of AI

Wired on the Future of AI

The term Artificial Intelligence - AI is not used as much any more, probably to deal with controlling expectations.   The considerable activity today tends to be very focused, which based on our own experience, is the best direction


From The Eponymous Pickle

IOT and Disruptive Innovation

IOT and Disruptive Innovation

In the Cisco Blog:   IOT in manufacturing innovation.  We used early forms of IOT as key aspects of retail applications.   Look forward to see the forthcoming survey mentioned below." .... Perhaps no other industry is being disrupted


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Analysis of Current and Future Computer Science Needs via Advertised Faculty Searches

The following is a guest blog post from Craig E. Wills,  Professor and Department Head of the Computer Science Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  The wealth of faculty searches in Computer Science during this hiring…


From Schneier on Security

Regin: Another Military-Grade Malware

Regin: Another Military-Grade Malware

Regin is another military-grade surveillance malware (tech details from Symantec and Kaspersky). It seems to have been in operation between 2008 and 2011. The Intercept has linked it to NSA/GCHQ operations, although I am still


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

CSTA Leadership Gets Busy for CS Ed Week!

CSTA Leadership Gets Busy for CS Ed Week!

Did you see this on the CSTA mailing list? When the CSTA Board met recently we started talking about sharing what we were doing in our schools for Computer Science Education week. It’s not all about the Hour of Code – cool as…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google does Scene Analysis

Google does Scene Analysis

In DigitalStrategy: Don't know where the IP rests today, but here is Google also doing scene analysis on images.  Again I can see some interesting applications with Ad copy analysis, and real time interaction between displays…


From Schneier on Security

The Security Underpinnnings of Cryptography

The Security Underpinnnings of Cryptography

Nice article on some of the security assumptions we rely on in cryptographic algorithms....


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

National Robotics Initiative (NRI)

Last week the National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Agriculture and NASA announced $31.5 million in new awards to spur the development and use of robots…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Live-streamed CCC BRAIN Workshop

Computer science and brain science share deep intellectual roots. Today, understanding the structure and function of the human brain is one of the greatest scientific challenges of our generation. Decades of study and continued…


From My Biased Coin

More Good News, Eddie Kohler Edition

More Good News, Eddie Kohler Edition

Continuing the good news at Harvard, word has been given that Eddie Kohler has officially been offered tenure.  So we hope/expect/are excited about keeping Eddie here for decades to come.  Eddie's contributions to computer science


From The Eponymous Pickle

CIO vs an IT Services Supermarket

CIO vs an IT Services Supermarket

Don Tapscott on the continued need for a CIO in industry. Interesting thoughts, but by the same reasoning why do we need any executive leaders?  A CIO should be a leader, both for current needs, and for forecasting future information


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Get Schooled on Science Policy: LiSPI Call for Nominations Now Open!

The following is a Computing Research Policy Blog post by Peter Harsha, CRA Director of Government Affairs.  As part of its mission to develop a next generation of leaders in the computing research community, the Computing Research…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Does Word of Mouth Drive Sales?

How Does Word of Mouth Drive Sales?

In Retailwire:  A favorite concept that we modeled in depth a number of times.  It also merits further direct lab and online testing. Still believe there are opportunities to understand the network interactions of WOM better.

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